Release Process

Drone Cloud is used along with goreleaser for releases. This document is used to track the manual processes that occur during a release process.

Update version

The version is tracked by a build.go file though go run build.go version. Update this to the next version then commit the changes.

Generate Changelogs

Each pull request should have a changelog entry in /changelogs/unreleased. Run bash hacks/changelogs to condense each change into a single console output. Update for formatting and editing as needed.

Follow the console output and remove old changelog entries. Then create the new changlog file in the format

Finally, add the new changelog file under

Trigger a Release

Once the above steps are completed, a user with write access to the repository will need to tag a commit then push the tag.

go run build.go release

The release pipeline will trigger. If there are no errors, goreleaser will draft a release.

Publish Release

Navigate to the releases page on Github. There should be a release in draft.

Remove the autogenerated commit log and replace with the one generated by the build.

After the release notes are updated, click Publish release.

Update Package Managers


Updating Octant's version for chocolatey requires an account with maintainer status on and an installation of chocolatey.

Note: There is a script to handle steps 1 - 5 by running ./choco/ from the project root.

  1. Navigate to /choco. Open /tools/chocolateyinstall.ps1 with a text editor.

  2. Edit $url64 to include the current release version for the URL path and binary zip file name.

  3. Update $checksum64 with the current checksum.

  4. Open octant.nuspec with a text editor.

  5. Updated the version tag to the current version.

  6. Run choco pack octant.nuspec. This will generate a .nupkg file to be uploaded.

  7. On, click Edit Package on the left sidebar. Upload the generated .nupkg file.

  8. The pacakge will go through a series of automated checks and manual maintainer review before becoming the default version.


Scoop updates are handled by automation from the scoop maintainers.


Homebrew updates are handled by automation from the homebrew maintainers.

Getting Started

To help you get started, see the documentation.